Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age. Pgs. 516-522. The Blaine-Cleveland Mudslingers of 1884. James G. Blaine became the Republican candidate, but some Republican reformers, unable to stomach this, switched to the Democratic Party and were called Mugwumps .
Possibly the most powerful image the magazine ever ran was this one, mocking presidential Republican candidate James Blaine. Influential political cartoonist Joseph Keppler was a supporter of Democrat Grover Cleveland, and cartoons like this swayed public opinion. Cleveland beat Blaine in the presidential election of 1884.
Little Lost Mugwumps WhoHad Gone Astray James G.Blaine, depicted as Little BoPeep, tries to woo the errantMugwump reformers back intothe Republican fold in 1884.
The specter of a lowered tariff spurred the Republicans to frantic action.
On election day Harrison nosed out Cleveland, 233 to 168 electoral votes.